Editors Comment

Editorial comment – Congratulations in order

It’s finally over! The annual Hibiscus Festival ended with a bang on Saturday night at its new venue at the Valelevu grounds in Nasinu. And it wasn’t just full at the venue, it was literally...

Editorial comment – After the Hibiscus

THE annual Hibiscus festival came to an end last night at the Valelevu Grounds in Nasinu. Long the pride of the Capital City, this year’s event was held for the first time outside Suva. It was a break from tradition. Was it worth it though? Sceptics may insist it was about time that this happened....

Editorial comment – A moment in time

Who is it going to be? Who gets to walk away this evening with the Miss Hibiscus Queen crown for 2018? Who will become the face of an event that started in 1956? From its very early beginnings run over just one day, the event was extended to three days the very next year and...

Editorial comment – Our children, our concern

IT was five years ago that the Suva City Council engaged itself in a campaign to monitor the use of internet cafes by children at night in the Capital City. It did this with the support of the police force. At the time there was a disturbing perception that children flocked to these cafes late...

Editorial comment – Centre stage for charity

IT is good to see the Hibiscus Festival queen contestants showing confidence on stage as the annual event reached Day 5 yesterday in Nasinu. Surely there can be no doubts about the impact of the event, and its place on the minds of thousands of Fijians around the world. You’ve got to admit the Hibiscus...

Editorial comment – Keeping it right on the road

THE revelation that 22 out of the 46 road deaths so far this year were results of speeding is a concern. The Fiji Police Force also confirmed that out of the 46 victims, 21 were passengers and 24 were drivers and pedestrians. Speeding, it said, continues to be the leading cause of road fatalities in...

Editorial comment – Nurturing young ruggers

THE victory and the manner in which it was achieved by Ratu Kadavulevu School in the final of the under-18 grade of the Deans Trophy competition is turning heads. Sceptics are wondering whether there is something available for RKS mentor Nacanieli Saumi to do at Rugby House. If it hasn’t already sunk in, they are...

Editorial comment – Embracing life

JOSEPH Underwood was 17 when he died on Saturday morning. Before that his dad Wilfred Underwood had tried communicating with him, asking him whether he wanted to go home. He claims he got a response. Young Joseph reacted. His father reckons he tried to tell him that he wanted to go home. Before that, his...

Editorial comment – Deans finals beckon

FORMER Flying Fijian number eight Sisa Koyamaibole has high hopes for the sport at high school level. He looked fit yesterday when he popped into The Fiji Times newsroom. The lanky forward, now plying his trade with Brive in the French Top 14 rugby competition, was lapping up the hospitality back home with his wife....

Editorial comment – Getting our bearings right

MANY of us take a lot of things for granted. For instance, we have proper roads, with potholes to bear with in some places, proper footpaths, bus services, cabs on the prowl for passengers, minivans and other modes of transport that take us from point A to B. We have bridges that go over waterways,...

Editorial comment – The value of life

INSPIRING tales are slowly emerging, three days after the horrific accident at Nabou on Saturday, of people who rushed in to assist victims. Australian Football League Fiji sports development co-ordinator, Matelita Tuilevuka, was travelling to Momi that day when she came across the carnage left by the three-vehicle collision. She spoke about her life changing...

Editorial comment – Aftermath of a crash

THE horror of the road accident at Nabou between Nadi and Sigatoka is still reverberating around the country. As police investigations continue, affected families are slowly trying to pick up the pieces. It will take some time for many of them to get over the shocking scenes at the accident site and the horrific images...

Editorial comment – Nabou accident

NABOU accident survivors Daven and Anjila Sharma were yesterday still counting their lucky stars. They were at their Malolo home in Nadi recovering from their injuries. They said they were fortunate to walk out of the terrifying incident alive. They were headed to Sigatoka when they came face to face with the horrific scenes of...

Editorial comment – Be the change

LAST night saw the end of a festival in one of our townships, Nasinu. With that, came the crowning of a lass who will reign for one year as the queen of that festival. These festivals, which are held in all of our towns and cities, all have a theme. Given that some topics are...

Editorial comment – Law and order

POLICE Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho did not mince his words yesterday in the wake of another attack on his men. Six men were arrested after they attacked four policemen following a vehicle pursuit in Suva. Mr Qiliho warned the force would not rest until everyone involved in the attack was arrested. “If you want...

Editorial comment – All against sex crimes

IT is shocking that a three-year-old girl was the youngest rape victim last month. It is shocking that we live in a nation that has people capable of doing something that is unthinkable to say the least. That is the harsh reality though of life now it seems. The startling revelation was made by the...

Editorial comment – Mind over everything else

A Lautoka mother of four children is determined to fight breast cancer. Her message hinges on the line that positive thoughts can make a huge difference in our lives. It’s about mind over matter, she says, having lived with cancer for five years now. Today we talk about her journey on page 20, fighting a...

Editorial comment – Great youngsters, great rugby

ALL eyes are now focused on how defending champions of the Deans Trophy rugby competition, Ratu Kadavulevu School will fare this weekend. The Tailevu school heads into the semi-finals as the team to beat. RKS U18 manager Osea Uluiviti said the semi-finals would be different after their quarter-final win over Nasinu last weekend. He played...

Editorial comment – Excessive consumption of yaqona

THE revelation that excessive consumption of yaqona is one of the leading causes of stroke in the country is a concern. Counterstroke Fiji has made the revelation. It is interesting to note that the common drink consumed by many Fijians, is also among the leading contributors of the high mortality rate in the country. Counterstroke...

Editorial comment – Learn something

A WEEKEND of sports some said it would be and that is certainly the case as it’s still not yet over. Today, we have the final of the Battle of the Giants tournament. Yesterday, schoolboys in secondary schools from around the country and their supporters rooted for their teams to come out on top in...

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